E-x-c-l-u-s-i-v-e: ‘I Had The Wedding Of My Dreams’ Newlywed Actress, Uche Jombo
Nollywood actress, Uche Jombo is a darling of the big screen and has been so for over a decade now. Ever since she cut her teeth into acting in 1999 with her first movie 'Visa To Hell', she has improved her craft with every production and has had a steady climb up her professional ladder. Now, aside from acting, she owns movie production outfit called Uche Jombo Studios which has been responsible for churning out great movies in recent times.
On May 16, 2012 Uche got married to her beau Kenney Rodriguez at a private beach wedding on the Island of Puerto Rico. Her wedding which took many by surprise has been the talk of the town for several weeks.
In this exclusive interview with Adeola Adeyemo, Uche speaks about having the wedding of her dreams, her husband, her career and more.
Uche is still basking in the euphoria of her wedding. She is happy as she speaks about it, laughs at the pictures, and has a special glow when speaking about her husband. But aside from the excitement of her wedding, chatting with her reveals a bubbly and intelligent personality; someone that has had an interesting career climb and has a lot to share with the world.
Just for fun
On a lighter note now, if you were stuck on a lonely island, what three things would you love to have with you?
My Bible, my water and my husband.
What is your favourite colour?
It used to be black and then I didn't know when it came to blue. I just go with the flow, I don't really have a favourite colour now.
Do you cook often?
Yes but not as often as I want to.
What meal do you have the biggest challenge with when cooking?
If I have challenge about cooking a particular meal, I just won't cook it. Cooking has to be fun for me. It has to be something I know I can make.
Tell me something most people don't know about you?
I have Insomnia. I called my producer up one time and she was sounding very sleepy and then I checked the time and it was past two am. I had no idea. When people say they have time changes affecting them, not me. I just write or I am in the studio.
The Wedding of her Dreams
The news has been buzzing for a while that you got married in Puerto Rico last month, but you've been quiet about it. Why?
Because I have an exclusive publication already on that and eventually, BN would also have it. I also don't want it to just be all over the place. The whole point was doing something that is totally unexpected. People were busy writing what they didn't know. I have a right to say this is the information I want out and this is the information I don't want out. Also because it has stopped being me and now us, we have to continuously agree to how we want stuff done. I am from a different background and my partner is from a different background. We just wanted to savour the moment.
I'm itching to hear more about your wedding. Was it a fairy tale kind of wedding?
It was exactly the kind of wedding I wanted. Every bride has a dream wedding. I had always wanted that kind of simple beach wedding. I went on vacation last year in Puerto Rico Island and I loved it and I said I would like to come back there for my wedding.
Tell me about your husband. Where is he from? How did you meet him?
Contrary to what i've been hearing in the media, he is American and not from Puerto Rico. He has been to Puerto Rico twice and those times were with me. Once on vacation and then we went back for our wedding. He is a New Yorker, he works and lives in New York.
Also, contrary to what I've been hearing that I met him online, no I did not. He came to talk to me about some business venture and that's how we started talking. I met him through a mutual friend who is his business partner.
What attracted you to him?
His positive energy, it's amazing.
How long did you date before getting married?
Not up to a year. I met him last year.
Was there any particular reason why Desmond Elliott was the only Nollywood star that attended your wedding?
He is one of my oldest friends in Nollywood. I don't know anybody as long as I've known Desmond in Nollywood.
Were you able to have most of your family members in Puerto Rico to share your memorable day with you?
No, not everybody.
What is the most romantic thing your husband has ever said or done for you?
He is not like anybody I've met before. He is certainly the most romantic person I've ever met in my whole life, needless to say that is why I married him.
Wow, that's really sweet. How did he propose to you?
He actually proposed twice! The first time, we just continued talking. The second time, we went jet skating and I was so scared. The water was so deep, you had to swim like eight feet into the water to get to the bike. I consider myself a very good swimmer but that day, the tides kept pushing me back. By the time I got there, I was so mad, I said “I am so going to kill you” and he said “why don't you just marry me and then you can kill me afterwards”. And I was like “very funny”, and he said “you haven't given me an answer”. That was when I knew. Since I didn't kill him there I said I was going to go back to that exact beach and have our wedding there.
You're here in Nigeria and he is back in America. How are you coping with the long distance separating you both?
It's not really long distance because I'm only here when I'm working. When I'm not working, I'm with him.
I know it's been just over a month now but how has married life been for you so far?
Well, we just started so we are still at that point where everything is rosy.
Is there going to be any name change for you?
There was in the marriage license but because I'm a brand, in order not to confuse people, you can still call me Uche Jombo. Uche Jombo and Mrs. Rodriguez are two different people. One is the brand and one is the wife.
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